19th April 2007
Interview: Su Pollard’s musical menopause
1:47 PM — TV icon Su Pollard is known throughout the land for her much-loved turns in a range of hit BBC sitcoms. Such was her iconic status, she won Rear of the Year in 1988.Now she is back on the London stage.After achieving phenomenal success in both America and Australia, Menopause the Musical is making its debut on these shores.
Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1
12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.
18th April 2007
Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1
4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.
New London dates for Rufus Wainwright
3:46 PM — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a new date in London - the third to be added in a week.He will now play five nights, 27th May to 1st June, at the Old Vic in London.The gigs will follow the release of Rufus' LP Release The Stars, on May 14th. Rufus, who is openly gay, is a big hit with London audiences.
Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7
12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.
Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused anti-gay conservative Christians of misinterpreting a key biblical passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, is on a visit to Canada."Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said.
17th April 2007
Rainbow Awards to honour Welsh heroes
5:21 PM — Cardiff-Wales Mardi Gras is to hold its first award ceremony, celebrating people who have made the event a success or have fought homophobia.The city's Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is the second largest free lesbian and gay event in the UK.There will be six awards for the great and good of Wales, one for every colour of the Rainbow flag.
Gay activists focus on stopping the BNP 10
5:03 PM — OutRage!, the gay rights action group, has urged LGBT people and their friends to vote in the elections on 3rd May to defeat the BNP.Elections will be held for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for various councils across England.The BNP is openly homophobic, racist and Islamophobic, but claim they merely represent the views of British working-class white people.
Miss World force change to trans documentary name
2:56 PM — A programme to be broadcast tonight about a transsexual beauty pageant has been re-named after broadcaster Channel 4 were taken to court.The Miss World organisation successfully sought an injunction to prevent Channel 4 using their trade mark. Mr Miss World will now be broadcast as Mr Miss Pageant.
London Muslims overwhelmingly oppose gays 57
1:56 PM — An in-depth survey into the attitudes of Muslims living in London has revealed that less than 5% think homosexual acts are "acceptable," compared with over 65% of the general populationThe Gallup poll, reported in The Times, found that Muslims differed significantly with the rest of the capital's population in their attitudes to a range of social questions.More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.
Gay church service to be broadcast on BBC
12:38 PM — The BBC is to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.A service will be broadcast from the Catholic Parish of Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.
Williams to meet with American Anglicans 1
11:58 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced plans to meet with the church in the US to discuss gay priests and same-sex marriage.Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide, warned yesterday that the controversial issue could divide the church.Williams is currently visiting Canada.
16th April 2007
BB homophobe’s posters targeted
5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.
Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11
4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.
Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2
3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.
Rural life still grim for many gays 3
12:22 PM — Despite the recent visibility of gay men and civil partnerships on country soap opera The Archers, new academic research reveals that the reality is very different.Professor Ann Jacoby of Liverpool University says her research shows small villages are awash with homophobia and sexist attitudes.Professor Jacoby, a social scientist, said: "The rural idyll is very nice so long as you fit into certain categories, but problematic if you don't."
Premiership star supports gay footballers 3
11:10 AM — A leading English footballer has slammed the lack of support for gay players and questioned why football should be one of the only industries where people cannot be out and proud.David James, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, wrote in his fortnightly column in The Observer that he has gay friends, but did not reveal if any are other footballers."If one in 10 people are gay, where are all the gay Premiership stars?" asked James, who has played for England 34 times.
13th April 2007
Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told
5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.
Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10
3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times.
Female sperm might bring an end to turkey baster conception 2
2:44 PM — Researchers at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne have discovered how to grow human sperm cells from bone marrow.The scientists have already cultivated sperm cells from a male's bone marrow and are now seeking permission to replicate their experiment with female marrow.If successful, the breakthrough could lead to a female couple being able to impregnate eggs with sperm grown from the other's bone marrow.